I have the same opinion as others who have expressed dismay that we as taxpayers
are funding the NEA. Certainly some of the entities that benefit have merit, but
the money should not come from taxes. Taxes are not voluntary contributions, and
the arts should be funded voluntarily.I have other objections to the
NEA. Some of the entities it funds are not worthy!
This is encouraging. As with individuals, what a nation chooses to support
financially says a lot about what it values.
The NEA didn't give anything, US tax dollars did.
The arts are nice and add enrichment to our lives.But, we are $20
trillion in debt already. We cannot afford to fund any but the most critical,
essential national services. The NEA does not fit that category, and is clearly
a "nice to have if you can afford it" expenditure. Shame on Congress
for burdening our kids and grandchildren with debt to buy entertainment
today.When a taxpayer's car is broken, the roof leaks, the
refrigerator is failing, the kids need new clothes, and they cannot afford to
fix those problems, they don't go out and buy tickets to the opera and a
painting to hang over the couch and a new TV. Not the smart people, anyway.Shame on Congress for their choice of priorities.Anyone who
disagrees is welcome to write checks to the arts groups directly.